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International Activities Grant

  REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
2014 International Activities Grant Guidelines

PURPOSE

The University of Nevada, Reno Office of the Provost has allotted special funds to enhance and promote the development of curricula, programs, research, and other creative efforts that have a significant international dimension.  The grant program gives special consideration to proposals that produce meaningful results that contribute to the international strengths of Nevada, Reno. Its highest priority will be to provide exploratory funding for projects that promise significant future developments involving international activities.

The following types of projects will be considered for funding:  1) international research, 2) faculty travel and exchange with foreign universities, 3) campus events and outreach activities, 4) curriculum development and support.  Please keep in mind that the activity should have a campus-wide impact.

The following types of requests will not be funded: (i) ongoing or normal administrative activities; (ii) any costs associated with presentation of papers at conferences; (iii) support for already established exchange programs; (iv) support for foreign or Nevada, Reno students; (v) hosting in general; and (vi) salary.

ELIGIBILITY

Any Nevada, Reno faculty member with academic or administrative rank, holding at least a 0.5 full-time equivalent appointment, is eligible to apply for these funds. Faculty can only apply for and receive one award per year.  Although applicants may receive grants in consecutive years, those who have not previously received an IAG will have higher priority.

AMOUNT AND PERIOD OF FUNDING

Proposals for up to $3,000 will be considered for funding. Projects will typically be funded for one year only and must be completed by August 31, 2014. Any extension must be approved in advance by the International Activities Committee.  The funds cannot be used retroactively (i.e. for expenses incurred prior to the award.)

DEADLINE

Grant proposals for the current period must be submitted and received by 5:00 p.m. on February 14, 2014. Proposals submitted after the deadline will not be accepted. Applications must be submitted in a single e-mail with all supporting documentation attached. Exceptions will only be made for letters of support from department chairs. Revisions or updates after an application has been submitted to the committee will not be accepted. Please e-mail the proposal text and other necessary supporting documents to Darrell B. Lockhart, Chair of the IAC subcommittee on International Activities Grants (lockhart@unr.edu). Supporting documents should be included as attachments to the e-mail, in a standardized format such as Microsoft Word (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) and as a one-time submission. Academic faculty must also send a copy of the proposal to their dean or equivalent supervisor. 

PROPOSAL REVIEW PROCESS

Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria: 1) the academic/scientific merits of the project 2) Does the proposal identify a meaningful result that contributes to the international strengths of Nevada, Reno? 3) Is the proposal new and does it promise significant future development involving international activities? 4) Will the project have a significant impact on professional development, curricula, or programs at Nevada, Reno? 5) Does it provide evidence of the long-term results of the project? 6) Does the chair's letter of reference strongly support the project, especially in terms of the applicant's role statement? 7) Are matching funds provided (highly desirable, but not required)? 8) Is appropriate supporting material provided giving evidence of commitment abroad? 9) Has the applicant received previous IAGs? 10) Is the application packet complete?   Grant applications will be reviewed by the International Activities Committee.  Funding recommendations will be made based on the proposed project and its relevance to the above considerations.  Recommendations for partial funding will be verified with the grant applicant.  Applicants will be informed of the final award decisions by March 3, 2014

GRANTEE'S OBLIGATIONS

The grantee is expected to adhere to the proposed project as closely as possible.  Significant deviations from the original plan must be approved by the International Activities Committee.  Within three months after the completion of the project, the grantee must submit a summary report outlining the accomplishments of the project.  The grantee is requested to identify the sources of funding in any results funded partially or completely by these funds whenever feasible.  The funding source is the UNR Office of the Provost.

GRANT APPLICATION

The proposal is limited to 3 pages maximum length (double-spaced; 12-point font), inclusive of tables and budget. Other necessary supporting documentation, such as letters of invitation from foreign institutions and letters of support from departmental chairs, should be attached to the proposal text.  Supporting documentation should be kept to a minimum, however.  Unnecessary attachments such as published papers, letters of recommendation, etc., are highly discouraged.  The impact of the proposed project on professional development, curriculum, or programs must be clearly described in the proposal. The project's impact must be specified and clarified beyond simply listing possibilities of expanding overseas student recruitment, or helping faculty update information in international courses. Applications must discuss concrete plans to develop lasting results such as ongoing international academic linkages, continuing student/faculty exchanges and research agreements, or other such measurable outcomes of the grant funding.  If an applicant has received a prior international activities grant, the year-end report of the most recently funded project must be attached to the proposal.

The grant application must consist of the following:

1)     Cover sheet

2)     Proposal of no more than 3 pages not including bibliography and any attachments.  The proposal must be written in a manner that is readily understood by non-experts outside the applicant's field of study.  The proposal should follow the below outline:

a.      Title

b.      Abstract (less than 100 words)

c.      Introduction

d.      Objectives

e.      Project description

f.       Statement clearly identifying impact of the project on professional development, curriculum, activities or programs

g.      Timeline (including submission of final report)

h.     Name, affiliation and qualifications of all faculty and students involved

3)     Budget

a.      A line itemized budget of all expenses

b.      Statement indicating other sources of funding for the proposal being submitted

 4)     Year-end report of past funded project, if applicable

5)     Letter (can be in e-mail format) from department chair or immediate supervisor stating whether the proposed project is consistent with the applicant's role statement

6)     Necessary supporting documentation

7)     Abbreviated two-page curriculum vita of the applicant

MORE INFORMATION

For additional questions or information on International Activities Grants, or for assistance in submitting your completed proposal, contact the IAC chair, Berch Berberoglu, at berchb@unr.edu.     

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